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would-be scammers. >> reporter: sonia smith and lisa justin were arraigned in a san mateo county courtroom today. both san bruno women have been accused of trying to get a fraudulent driver's license from the dmv. law enforcement tells cbs 5, the pair used addresses in the application process that put their legal residences inside the fire zone. >> it was to obtain identification that was not their identification and it was in an effort to get identification for somebody else who did live within the site. our belief was it was in an effort to be able to then go and make an application to get some of the funds that are being provided to victims of the event. >> reporter: five felony charges have been filed. they are commercial burglary, perjury, felony filing of a false document, identity theft, and welfare fraud. when smith and justin applied for the licenses, they caught
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the eye of dmv investigators, who then alerted san bruno police. at a press conference today, county law enforcement agencies were clear about what would happen to anyone trying to run a scam in the fire zone. >> we view them as vermin. and we are going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, meaning we're going to charge them with everything we can charge them with. we are not going to plea bargain with them. and we are going to urge the courts to exercise no leniency to them. >> reporter: bail for the women was set at $100,000. for now they are in custody. their next court date is september 23. in san bruno, jennifer mistrot, cbs 5. those devastated by the explosion are now sifting through the burned-out rubble. their homes, their treasured keepsakes, wiped out in a tragic instant. but while there is little left to salvage, anne makovec shows us from these ashes hope emerges.
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>> reporter: it's not worth saving but we did anyway. reporter: the only decipherable items left over from their three-bedroom home now fit in this box. >> like there are baseball cards in here and so i don't know why we took this. but we did. or an old yearbook, something like that. >> reporter: one week after the gas explosion decimated their neighborhood, the family suited up in hazmat gear to sift through the rubble that was once their home on glenview drive. >> it's like --it's kind of like going to, i don't know, a cemetery. just everything was dead, you know? no life left to it. >> reporter: what was that life, -- what was that like, the digging through rubble? >> it kind of felt like, you know, i don't know, like you weren't going to anything. that's the hard thing, is you're digging and you have so much stuff. >> reporter: adam and his mother
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mary weren't home at the time of the explosion. but dad greg was and barely escaped. he was badly burned when i got the chance to meet with him the day after the blast. he has since taken a turn for the worse and couldn't return to the property today, nor speak on camera. >> at times you feel like every step you take forward, immediately you take two steps back because something else pops up. >> in a little cup that somebody made. >> reporter: in addition to dealing with their losses -- >> it was the top of a trophy. >> reporter: they are homeless staying with friends and dealing with paperwork drama made more difficult because they were renting the home. >> nobody knows who we are. so no matter what list you sign up for or what you --you know what i mean? no matter what you do they always lose you because it always goes back to the home owner. >> reporter: luckily they had renters insurance to replace most of their belongings since most are gone >> you know what, i don't know, what do you do with it? we felt like we needed to grab something. just something.
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>> i told my mom, i said, you know, you lose everything, but when you have it you might forget about it. so by losing it maybe it brings back those memories and brings back the things that you might take for granted. so we're happy we're just, you know, moving on. that's all you can do. >> reporter: in san bruno, anne makovec, cbs 5. >> and a vigil is set for tonight for this mother and daughter who were killed in the disaster. it begins at 7:00 at saint cecilia catholic church in san francisco. 13-year-old janessa grieg went to school there and her mother volunteered for school activities. a funeral mass is planned at saint cecilia's for tomorrow morning. there are frayed nerves miles from the blast site. at least two gas scares in the bay area today. a contractor hit and ruptured a natural gas pipe in oakland near lake merritt about 1:00 this afternoon. there is no explosion or fire
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but 60 people in the lakeview court building were forced to evacuate. police closed east 18th between lake merritt and third avenue. that leak is capped but pg&e crews plan to stay the night to pictures line. word of a possible gas leak in san bruno caused a scare at a portola elementary school, where they were evacuated this morning. that campus just up the hill from the blast zone. couple of parents said they smelled gas near the school office. so students were taken to parkside intermediate where parents were allowed to come pick them up. fire crews and pg&e say that they found no evidence of a gas leak. they say the smell might have come from a heating system. all right. now san bruno leaders are in a special meeting. they are looking at what the impact of the blast may ultimately be on the city. simon perez on the long list of expenses san bruno faces. simon. >> reporter: dana, the city of san bruno is in tough financial straits and those straits just got tougher in the wake of the
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fire and the explosion. the city is on the hook for a lot of expense and only can hope to get reimbursed after the fact from the state and the federal government. now, the city council formally passed its emergency declaration just 30 minutes ago which pavers the way for state and federal -- which pavers the way for state and federal aid to flow into the city. but that doesn't mean all is resolved. the expenses for fire, police, repair and construction must all be vigilantly documented or the reimbursement won't work. the cost will run into the tense of millions of dollars, maybe over $100 million. >> we are just coming to grips with what that means for the city. in the council's wisdom, we have maintained a small but hopefully adequate general fund reserve that will allow us the necessary liquidity, expense liquidity, we need in order to deal with what's in front of us. >> reporter: how much short of 100% do you think the
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reimbursement will be? >> well, without a presidential declaration it's approximately 75%. >> reporter: the city council is really worried about making sure that all the documentation is in order because it has had a bad experience with federal reimbursements before. >> we hit some slides up in upper san bruno a number of years ago and we had applied for fema help. we thought we were going to get it but we did not get it. this is entirely different situation. you know? we have two senators who visited here, congress visited here, the governor visited here. it's a whole different thing. >> reporter: as you heard, the city's just beginning to estimate exactly what all the costs are. it doesn't really know. but one official told me consider that pg&e plays $100 million. that's the first real estimate. >> simon perez, thank you. and for ways that you can help the recovery in san bruno, go to in east san jose, one in three people surveyed said it happened to them: they have been stopped by police for no
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reason other than the color of their skin. len ramirez heard from some of those people including a san jose priest. >> reporter: the priest was surrounded by cruisers near our lady of guadalupe church where he is the priest. his infractions not using his blinker. >> if i went in a different neighbor with different color my face i never will be stopped. >> reporter: reyes dressed in casual street clothes feels police profiled him based on his skin color and appearance. >> i listen a lot of testimony from the people and sometimes i say, there's some people, it can't be true. but it happened to me. so i know that it's true. >> reporter: the incidents was used to highlight the release of a report that shows more than 1/3rd of 1800 people surveyed in san jose feel they have been stopped by police unjustly. police chief rob davis defended
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his department. department >> there is an issue between perception and reality. can racial profiling exist? you bet. it exists in certain sectors of the law enforcement community. is it endorsed by the san jose police department? no, it's not. >> reporter: the survey also found that although 90% want a strong relationship with police, 35% don't trust them. independent police auditor ladoris cordell called that a big deal. >> the bad news is that the perceptions expressed in this survey are based upon realthat lead many to distrust police. life experiences >> reporter: the survey was sponsored by people acting in community together, which offered exclusions like changing the six month rotation schedule patrol units to build better relationships with officers. >> what we have found in our research is that police officers do not stay long enough to get to know us. >> reporter: as for father reyes? >> i don't know if i put my blinker or not but if i make a mistake, i will pay for that. but they didn't give me a ticket for that.
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>> reporter: parishioners hope the city will use this information as they begin to hire a new police chief here in san jose, chief rob davis retires next month. in san jose,lenn ramirez, cbs 5. one more commute day and then the new frontier. are you ready to drive the bay area's first freeway express lane for a price? then there's the price of being in an accident and we're not just talking about the repairs and your insurance. the fee a lot of bay area cities might tack on to your next fender-bender. and a sad sight. the likes of which we can't remember seeing before. the question wildlife official will be asking about this collision at sea. s ,,
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it opens monday morning on interstate 680, and today there was a ce . in a few days the bay area will have an express lane. it opens monday morning on i- 680 and today there was a celebration for it. it's a carpool lane that solo drivers can use if they are willing to pay a fee. it's done electronically so drives need fastrak. >> anything we can do to get people to work sooner out of their cars faster, get the students to school on time and get them off the road so there is less pollution is very important. >> the southbound express lane will run from highway 84 south of pleasanton to highway 237 in milpitas. sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes, they are all too familiar to most of us but now julie watts tells us about a tax that's new to a lot of people. this one comes at you without warning. >> reporter: they may not have heard of it but they will have
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to pay it and so will you if you get into an accident in a growing number of california cities. >> about $500 just for a crew to show up in some cases and provide nothing but traffic control. >> reporter: from san francisco to sacramento, more and more cash-strapped cities are charging drivers up to $3,000 to cover the cost of emergency services when they get into an accident. and insurance industry spokesman says many drivers are finding out the hard way those fees are not covered by your insurance. >> there's a lot of people saying that they will get the bill from the collections, the third party collections, and they are concerned because it can have an impact on credit scores. >> reporter: the insurance industry believes the fees should be covered by the taxes that have been already paid. but a growing number of bay area cities disagree. vallejo and oakland are currently considering adopting these fees and san francisco signed it into law back in july. so far, about 55 california cities have already enacted this crash tax. another 18 are currently
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looking into it. but this is a different way. some only charge out-of-towners while others like san francisco will only charge those who are negligent and at fault. >> everything costs money. it does. that's the bottom line. and the taxpayers are paying us to do our jobs. do they want to pay for somebody's negligence, as well? >> reporter: san francisco fire departments mindy tallmadge points out the department loses up to $600,000 a year due to the cost of accident clean-up. and while san francisco's newly enacted ordinance only allows them to recoup specific losses, the insurance industry is concerned that other cities will begin to use this as a money-making mechanism. >> one of the concerns is making rules to any accident regardless of the severity. and just in that way, you can charge for multiple accidents that are happening, multiple -- $400 or $500 that they didn't used to go to before. >> reporter: so for now, the insurance industry has largely decided not to foot the bill, which leaves the burden on the
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shoulders of drivers. >> that's wrong. that should be built into the insurance that we already pay. >> think what will happen is insurance will adapt and you'll be able to eventually purchase insurance to cover that. >> reporter: but until that happens, your only recourse is to avoid accidents altogether. in san francisco, julie watts, cbs 5. don't uncork the champagne just yet. but one east bay city says it's seeing some signs of growth. mike sugerman on the sweet sounds of success, ringing cash registers and telephones. >> reporter: dublin is not unlike other california cities, coming out of hard times. >> tough 2008, tough 2009, correct. >> reporter: the assistant city manager watched as 25% of sales tax disappeared from city funds. businesses were going out of business. a lot of them. a big mervyns. a big home depot design center. chevy, saab and hummer dealerships. lots of empty storefronts and lots of empty lots. for a while, it was looking
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bad. but in september 2010, he can see things coming back. >> things in dublin are looking up. >> reporter: just this week plans were approved for a transit village with almost 500 units near the recently opened east dublin bart station. another 100 had already been approved. a troubled pedestrian bridge delayed the opening of the west dublin bart station. might not go online until next spring. but there are plans for another big complex of family homes there, a grocery outlet, sprouts grossly and next week an abandon mervyns may become another national retailers. >> the phones are ringing more often than in the past. and we believe that there are a number of opportunities that will be presenting themselves to us over the next few years. >> the other side of that is that it's difficult right now to get financing. >> reporter: he blogs about dublin and thinks things could be on the upswing, but nothing is a done deal. >> those are the kind of projects that are not getting financing. so that could be one of the
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biggest challenges. >> reporter: dublin, like many or california cities is ready willing and able to make over its downtown. but at the moment, there is more dreams of development than dollars to do it. mike sugerman, cbs 5. a heartbreaking sight in san francisco bay. the question now, how, where did it happen? that's in two minutes. meg whie her nose would grow? newspapers report the claims in this meg whitman ad are false. and she knows it. taxes went down under jerry brown. but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions. baccalaureate. correct. [ audience groans ] since this competition has been continuing for 48 hours and we have yet to eliminate anyone, it is the decision of this board to declare all 20 contestants winners. you have all competed admirably. admirably. a-d-m-i-r-a-b-l-y. admirably. [ male announcer ] at&t is making high speed internet
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good evening. welcome to the cbs 5 weather center where we're monitoring in coming systems that will bring the first rain of the season to the north bay. see this fog is saturating the city of san francisco where today's high temperatures were 65. and as a bank of low clouds and fog may trek towards oakland, we had a high there today of 75 degrees. i just love the satellite image because you just saw the live cbs 5 weather camera showing the low clouds and fog. it's clearly illustrated right now as it makes tracks under the golden gate bridge and working its way towards richmond. out and about this evening, 50s, 60s beaches affected by that blanket of clouds. 60s, 70s bayside and still at 83 in sonoma. 50s across the board with westerlies at 15 miles an hour. a good look at the deepening marine layer as it pushes inland. official sun-up is at 6:52. and again, nobody is going to see it. and once the clouds begin to
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retreat, we are going to see filling in from the north some clouds mid and high-level clouds. a very strong system for this time of the year to bring light rain to the north bay on sunday. until then pinpoint forecast 60s, 70s, into the coast from the santa clara valley. otherwise north bay numbers will be coming down from the upper 50s in stinson beach to the upper 70s inland. we'll feature our seven-day forecast, dana and allen, coming up next time around. >> we'll be looking for it. you, too, thanks, roberta. concord police say a man shot and critically wounded by officers is wanted for armed robbery. now, investigators say that officers tried to stop 25-year- old brian keith brownwhite for questioning. that was about 2:30 this morning. it was on clayton road and ashbury drive. well, the suspect ran and as officers threatened to tase him, they say he drew what appeared to be a gun and they
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opened fire. his weapon turned out to be a realistic looking replica. and a state board today rejected a $25,000 claim by the mother of kidnapping victim jaycee dugard for suffering called by her daughter's abduction. the mother said she had psychological and emotional distress and she blamed the corrections department for failing to supervise alleged kidnapper phillip garrido. she can now file a separate victims compensation claim. jaycee dugard and her daughters received a $20 million settlement from the state. the gulf of the farralons natural marine sanctuary has issued what amounts to a whale watch. the migration is under way and today, we saw the bizarre result of a collision. as doug sovereign shows us it, dragged the carcass all the way to the port. >> reporter: the container ship
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broadsided a whale in the pacific. the captain and crew didn't know it was there until they got back to the port of oakland and discovered the whale stuck to the bow of the ship. there are far more whales than waters because of the cooler than normal weather and the krill in the ocean for whales to feed on. investigators are here from state and federal agencies trying to determine whether the whale was already dead when struck, how to get the whale off the bow of the ship, meanwhile sharks have been feasting on the dead whale here at the end of berth 57. at the port of oakland, i'm kcbs reporter doug average for cbs 5. until last week it was almost unimaginable. seven days later it's still hard to comprehend. >> i thought it was an airplane going down. >> people were just all over -- i mean, just screaming. >> i have been in the service for 31 years and never seen anything like it. >> tonight, as best we can, a look back at the horror as it unfolded this time last week. we we told you her story, many of you responded. tonight the latest twist in the search for a home for the 85-
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♪ [ ding ] are in a special meeting right now, discussing the financial impa recapping our top story tonight, san bruno city council members are in a special meeting right now discussing the financial impact of the pipeline explosion. the total damage is now estimated at $38 million. meanwhile, two women are in jail tonight accused of pretending to be victims of the blast to get financial aid from the government. we have all seen the video of the infern now and now we have a better understanding of the toll it took but one thing most of us will never know is what it was like to be in the crestmoor neighborhood that night. so we went back through our records over the past 7 days and gathered the thoughts of the victims, the eyewitnesses, and the first responders to try to piece it all together for you. >> in fact, so tonight, we as best we can we are going to try
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to go back to those terrifying hours one week ago in the san bruno pipeline explosion as it happened. it was the tranquility. literally, sitting at the light waiting for the light to turn green and as i said, the earth sort of rising and dirt being thrown in the air and the -- i guess there is a road that runs along there that all the asphalt was being thrown up in the air and a huge explosion came from nowhere. it was intense. >> it was huge. it was -- it just shook me. i was at bayhill shopping center walking my dog. and i couldn't believe the sound. i thought it was an airplane had gone down. it made the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. >> this is where we were. the kids here on the bed and we were watching football. then all of a sudden, the house shook and then everything out there turned black and then i saw -- i just saw flames coming
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up out of the sky. >> my floor completely came -- wood floors went -- exploded up, threw me against the wall. after it threw me, i got up, went to the back door, and i looked out the back door and i saw my hot tub and everything was on fire, my backyard, flames were shooting across my backyard. i opened the door and the black smoke came in and i sucked it in and i go oh, man, i'm in trouble here. >> i was at my son's baseball practice when my wife and i saw the explosion and i turned to her and she looked right at me and she said, go. and i told her, i'd call her when i could. >> all right, let's get to breaking news as chopper 5 is showing us a picture here of san bruno, massive flames and smoke coming out of the san bruno area. >> patrol, this is engine 77. large fire approximately at the redwood san carlos border, large must be 50-foot flames in
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the air. >> we have a whole neighborhood on fire. and we have incredible heat and fire. many homes are burning. and as we took the turn, there were citizens fleeing the street running up the hill. >> let's go to third alarm. we've got multiple houses. we're trying to get close. we have a possibly several blocks on fire at this time. >> we train and practice and prepare to respond and react. and we were left helpless. and we could only go so far because the wall of fire was just incredibly intensely hot. and it's beyond anything i can really describe. >> keep going! >> i was just on fire immediately. so i turned the other way and i started running up the hill. next thing i know, my feet, my shoes are melting. they're -- so i threw my shoes off and then i saw my neighbor across the street holding his two little babies in his hand and back of his legs were just completely burned up. and people were just all -- i
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mean, just screaming, man. >> call for fourth alarm to this. looks -- it appears that we have a plane down in the neighborhood. multiple structures are on fire and we have a fireball still coming out. >> i have been in the service for 31 years and never seen anything like this. >> we're beginning to kind of narrow this thing down to, you know, possibly a utility pipeline problem, although that has not been confirmed by anybody right now. again, there are a lot of companies in the bay area, kinder-morgan, pg&e, there are a lot of private companies that run utility lines and gas lines under residential areas along freeways, all over northern california. >> we had this big gas main under high pressure feeding this fire and somebody said, it was like they took a saturn 5 rocketed and tipped it upside- down at the blast-off. i mean, this thing was blowing out like you wouldn't believe.
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and i'd say probably 100-foot flame lengths. >> i ran outside my driveway, the flames were shooting up the street. the heat was so intense, everybody had to run. you couldn't even stay out in front your house. it looked like something exploded on the claremont and glenview. >> stop the engine, we have no water for the fire. >> hydrant at glenview and san bruno is dry. >> message to command. we have an active hydrant at claremont and concord. also, severe third-degree burns a patient at the 1500 block of claremont. we will require an ambulance at that location. >> we used everything we had. we had foam. we had water. at one point we just tried to contain the flames, tried to just keep it in a plume and that was our objective and --
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and obviously, it was so power 68, it blew right through our streams. >> i'm looking at the pictures from chopper 5 and maybe i'm reading it wrong but it looks like that real intense high pressure flame has gone down a bit and may in fact be out now. what they're fighting now, you can see now emergency crews are starting to come into the neighborhood. >> mm-hm. >> they wouldn't be doing that if that gas was still on. >> my situation here, i have multiple homes, at least six to eight homes on fire in the 1100 or 1200 block of claremont. we are going to need additional resources west of us. >> no one in the world is prepared to fight this unless you're ready for a carpet bomb with napalm, because in the photos right here, this looks like apocalypse now. that's the way it was. you can't -- no one can prepare for this. no one can prepare. >> if this would have happened early in the morning, i would -- i would anticipate probably
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tripling figures of harm. i think we were somewhat fortunate in the timeline that some people probably weren't home yet, some people weren't asleep, they heard the explosion, no question what it was, and proceeded with evacuation. >> it's hard. we used to catch the bus on the corner that's not there anymore. and, you know, we just -- we grew up there and riding our bikes all over the place. and it's not there anymore. in about a half hour, a vigil will pay tribute to this mother and daughter killed in the san bruno disaster. it will be held at saint cecilia catholic church in san francisco. 13-year-old janessa grieg went to the school and her mother jacquelin often volunteered for school activities. a funeral is planned at the same church tomorrow morning. for the latest on the investigation into the pipeline explosion and ways you can still help the recovery, go to well, a couple of months back we introduced to you a woman who made a big impression
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and it's no mystery why. >> i'm visually, hearing and mobile impaired. but then the brain still is working. so i'm going to learn as much as i can. >> that's ida cotton, who just got her master's degree. only problem, she didn't have a place to live. so tonight, finally the happy ending many of you have been waiting for. ida cotton is certainly using her brain. so how much of yours are you using? we are going to look at that very popular 10% tale in tonight's "good question." did the raiders sell out? we will tell you if that game will be on your tv. i'm dennis o'donnell. and mike singletary says 49ers' problems will be fixed by monday night. that's coming up. the rough sp. - so you're ready to... quit? everyone wants me to quit-- my doctor, my wife,e dog. - not good for the dog. - anyone else?
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which lowered taxes, which he opposed. and now he's going around taking credit for it. he raised taxes as governor of california. he had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left. he doesn't tell the people the truth. of us, when it first aired. you probably remember ida cotton. she's the 85 year old we have an update on a story that touched us. ida cotton is the 85-year-old
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cal state east bay student who would have been homeless after finishing her degree until her friends at the university stepped in. sherry hu tells us, ida is now ready to move on. >> reporter: moving day has finally arrived. actually, 85-year-old ida cotton should have been out of the student dorm in mid-june. but at the time, she had no place to go. >> if we did not advocate for her and help her find something, she would be on the streets. and that was our greatest fear was that here was a woman who had achieved her master's degree at age 85 and suddenly she would be homeless and that was unthinkable. >> oh, put to shame. >> reporter: dr. sally murphy has been cotton's academic advisor and main hand-holder. they met years ago when cotton decided to cap her educational career with a master's degree at cal stat university east bay. with the prospect of cotton becoming homeless, murphy and
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other volunteers chased leads and cleared bureaucratic hoops to find her a new place. she has only social security to live on. today the payoff. after three years in the dorm, the 85-year-old grad is leaving student living for good. >> i am sad to a certain extent. but then there is nothing keeping me from visiting and vice versa and friends visiting me and i'm going to mac new friends. >> reporter: so this is it. an affordable apartment complex in oakland for low income seniors. it's cotton's next stop and where she will soon unpack her boxes. as her story spread beyond the hayward community, so has the spirit of generosity. today the lions club of san leandro showed up to pack and move. and to think, it all started because cotton wanted to go back to school. >> the more you learn, the
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better off you will be. >> one of our goals at the university is to create life long learners and she is the perfect model. >> reporter: as for the next chapter of her life? >> it will be plenty of time for me to know where i'm going and which way i am going. >> reporter: in hayward, sherry hu, cbs 5. so how are you making use of your little gray cells? hm? >> take a look at this. this is a socked-in san francisco. and how all this is going to affect your friday plus we'll pinpoint the day it's going to rain right here in the bay area as eyewitness news continues. we'll be right back. ,,
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times. it's often said with a real air of wisdom like you're being let in on a se it's one of those things you have heard 1,000 types and it's often said with a real air of wisdom, like you're being let in on a secret or something. but ed from san ramon want to know, is it really true that we only use 10% of our brain? ken bastida has tonight's "good question." >> we're using our visual
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systems constantly. >> reporter: the human brain, three to four pounds of tissue and blood vessels and neurons and cells that control our ability to see, touch, smell, communicate, reason and remember. and we use all of it. is it true we only use 10% of our brain? >> that is a myth that is untrue. >> reporter: the doctor who teaches neuroscience says you can blame you know who for some of that bad information. >> there have been several people blamed for the myth, einstein is one of them trying to explain his expansive brain capacity compared to us. >> reporter: she says people in good health are using all the different lobes of the brain. it's called plasticity. the almost miraculous ability to continually store new information. >> the brain is able to make more connections, so those brain cells as we learn to remember things are making more and more connections with neighboring neurons that didn't exist before, you know, you
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learned something new. >> reporter: as we age, she says it's even more important to force ourselves to learn new things. it's good for your head. >> the key here is that even if you tried something new like maybe you have never played a musical instrument, you don't have to be good at it. you just have to attempt it and try it and your brain is making these new novel connections from this new thing that you have introduced to it. >> reporter: i need your good questions. send them to me at gray matter? roberta thinks fog! >> we have a lot of it out there. we haven't seen it socked in this early in quite some time in the bay area. so it looks like that's going to set stage for your friday before we have the first rain of the season moving into the north bay on sunday. live cbs 5 weather camera, this is mount vaca and all of its glory. superb. today's high temperature there, today topped off 87 degrees. wow. compare that with this, what happened to coit tower? dana, you took it again, didn't
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you? >> i did. i put it back. [ laughter ] >> san francisco's high today, 65, down from the average of 71 degrees. and that fog and low clouds making a big dent in the temperatures. right there, there you have the richmond district at 58 degrees. 68 belmont. low 70s in novato and vacaville still sporting a temperature in the out. if you are out and about this evening, 50s to the 80s. sunset at 7:15. vacaville in the 80s. the blanket of low clouds and fog not as cool as last night when we dipped into the 40s. 50s across the board. tonight overnight, the extension of that deck of low clouds and fog extending inland a good 60 miles roughly about 2,000 feet deep which leads us to believe there will be some drizzle along the coast and into the bay. once the clouds retreat it will get filled in with mid- and high level clouds. partly cloudy during the day. this is a pretty strong vigorous area of low pressure for this time of the year. and right now, we are getting a better handle on it.
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looks like we will all be cloudy on saturday. there is a chance of light rain across sonoma county on saturday. otherwise, light rain likely across the entire north bay on sunday. chances across entire district on sunday. otherwise, for your friday, 6 to 9 degrees below average for this time of the year. pinpoint forecast kick- starting with the coast, peninsula an into the santa clara valley. 60s and site of 70s common, 81 east of the bay brentwood through discovery bay. north bay numbers from the upper 50s in stinson beach. 74 santa rosa and low 70s in novato. join co-anchor reporter juliette goodrich, she hangs out with joe jonas. yeah. she gets to have all the fun. join her for special olympics this saturday. meanwhile, the extended forecast of next five days calls for that chance of rain on saturday, light rain likely
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on sunday, in the north bay. chances everywhere else. it also looks like we'll turn partly cloudy for monday through thursday. mypix, from today. tom glenn lake del valle, good job, gorgeous day, keep the photos coming here at >> your favorite spot. thank you. >> yes. coming up on eyewitness news at 10:00 on the cw, 11:00 here on cbs 5, a four ton buddha statue made completely out of jade is about to go on display in the bay area. it has traveled the world to promote peace so why is it causing conflict as it arrives in our area? that story tonight at 10:00 and 11:00 here on cbs 5. i'm dennis o'donnell. the 49ers do their best to put last week's loss behind them and focus on the saints. >> i don't want to talk about time. i don't want to talk about clocks. i don't want to talk about any of that. i want to talk about new orleans if you want to talk about that. >> hear what coach singletary why he is all fired up next.
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lightweight, there will be finger pointing. after the niners lost to seattle, there were r niners when you lose by 25 points to a perceived lightweight there-finger-pointing. after the 9ers lost to seattle
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there were reports that the 49ers are not getting their offensive plays fast enough. as a result, alex smith and company burned three time-outs and took a delay of game penalty sunday. a yahoo reports story reported that the offensive coordinator often misstates the play leading to delays in getting the right play on the field. it's further reported this problem started last year and that some players complained to mike singletary in the off season. i asked the coach about this earlier today. coach, i have met jimmy raye on several occasions. i have been in meetings with him. you know that in the preseason. i have attended the function in which your coaches meticulously describe how their offense runs and each time i meet him i come away with the impression that this guy has a real handle on what he is doing. he wouldn't be in the nfl this long if he did not. then comes the game, then comes the yahoo article. what's the truth? >> what's the truth? >> yes.
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>> you know, jimmy's been in the league 33 years. he has been a coordinator for -- for, you know, longer than you have been doing this. how does a guy be a coordinator and be successful all those years and not be good at what he does? that doesn't even make sense to me. the question. i don't mean to, uhm, to be disrespectsful but it doesn't make any sense, the question that you're asking. >> i'm basing it on what was said in the yahoo article. >> yeah, but don't base a man's entire career on a dad gum yahoo commercial. >> that's the point i'm trying to make because -- >> the point i'm trying is make is i don't even want to talk about the yahoo deal t really pis. es me off now that i sit here and think about it. we just talked today and i had a press conference today. i don't want to talk about the yahoo thing anymore. whoever said it i don't care who said it, it's over, it's done i want to move forward. >> so there is no truth to it in your opinion? >> i want to move forward. >> okay. okay. let's talk about, then, alex moving forward into the game
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monday night. in situations where maybe he is not getting a play by a certain amount of time, and he can -- >> alex will be fine monday night. watch the game and you will see thatle election will be fine. i don't want to talk about time, i don't want to talk about clock. i don't want to talk about any of that. i want to talk about new orleans if you want to talk about that. >> but i'm alluding to -- >> i want to talk about new orleans. if you want to talk about that. >> okay. let's talk about trying to stop drew brees. >> we will not try to stop drew brees. we will stop drew brees. next question. >> okay. how about trying to move the ball against the new orleans defense? >> we will not try to move the ball against the new orleans defense. we will move the ball. and we will score. >> coach, obviously, there is a sense of frustration that's spilled over -- >> no. it's not a sense of frustration. i'm just being honest. i mean, you know, i had a conversation about this early today. and i came in here ready to
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talk about new orleans and i'm tired of talking about that. i'm ready to go. >> i understand. listen, mike i know this hasn't been an easy week and i know these are questions you don't want to talk about. >> but i understand you to understand something. this is not about me really being frustrated and wow he's pissed. i'm just done with that. if you had any idea today to me that brought closure, this morning when we had the press conference here, too bad you weren't here. after that i said i'm done with that. i want to talk about new orleans. we got a game that's four days away. and we're trying to get ready for that. i don't want to spend another minute talking about yahoo or anybody else. >> you know, jimmy raye actually had the best line. he goes maybe this yahoo ought to run the offense. [ laughter ] >> well, that would be real scary. >> so it will certainly make for an interesting monday night game. super bowl champs come to town, 49ers host the saints monday on the cw 44/cable 12, our pre- game coverage of this football game begins at 5:00.
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then we will have complete coverage of the post-game on the fifth quarter. the raiders open their home schedule sunday against the rams. they did not sell out. they will be blacked out locally according to nfl rooms. last year's home owner was the only sellout of the season. they will be blacked out locally according to nfl rules. our schedule sunday at 1:00 will be changed. the patriots and jets will be followed by the fifth quarter at 4:00 with complete coverage of the raiders including live post-game reaction from the coliseum. >> interesting interview. probably the most interesting interview i have seen conducted in this -- >> i think there are 7 days in between football games and so you regurgitate a lot of what happened in the previous game. and if game wasn't good it's going to be a topic of conversation. mike singletary wears the passion on his sleeve. it can be good, and it can be bad. and the best way to fix it is to win. >> there you go. we'll see monday night. see you at 10:00 and 11:00. ,,,,
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